presented an exciting and colorful concert on the three-manual
Allen organ at the First Chinese Presbyterian Church, 61 Henry
Street, Chinatown, NYC, on Sunday, November 1, 1998. The Choir,
which was under the direction of guest conductor Ms. Teresa
Cheung, performed two anthems accompanied by Mr. Hazleton.
A master at entertaining audiences,
Mr. Hazleton did what he always does so well: he combined various
themes in his improvisations to highlight the day and the location.
This is his signature and audiences have come to look forward
to hearing it.
The concert was given on All
Saints' Day, November 1, and the program opened with his orchestral
improvisation on "For All the Saints," the
great hymn tune by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Throughout the program,
a variety of orchestral sounds were featured, includingnear
the end of the programwood blocks playing music in a Chinese
All Souls' Day (or Hallowe'en)
had been the previous day and Mr. Hazleton brought to mind the
anniversary of the Protestant Reformation by playing Faulkes's
extended and exciting variations on the majestic Reformation
hymn "A Mighty Fortress" by Martin Luther.
In the final reference to the
day, Mr. Hazleton closed the program with a fitting climax in
the Boellmann "Toccata" from Suite Gothique,
a piece frequently associated with Hallowe'en.
In addition to the three-manual
Allen organ in the front of the church, First Chinese Presbyterian
Church has, in the gallery, an historic Erben organ from the
early 1800s (pictured above).
To view the program from the